Here are 5 key tips to help ensure that you ace your job interview on or off-Island!
Get to Know the Company
Prior to the interview, find out information about the company you are interviewing with. Visit the company’s website, social media channels and search for articles written about or by the organisation.
If you are being interviewed for a job that was advertised, use the job description as a guideline as to what you’ll be asked about in terms of your personality, skills, work experience and qualifications. Other candidates may have similar abilities, employment and academic experience to you. Think about how you stand out from other candidates. With practise, it is possible to highlight all your strengths without sounding over-confident or aggressive
What to Wear, or Not to Wear
Decide on your outfit well in advance. Ideally it should be a suit or equivalent business wear. Ensure it is ironed and ready to wear. Make sure your shoes are polished, and that your accessories are subtle.
Keep Answers Positive
Think of all the questions you would least like to be asked, for example: “Have you had some poor academic results?” or “Were you ever fired?” Answer as honestly as you can, without being defensive or blaming anyone. Try to turn your answer into a positive statement with a successful outcome. Show how you overcame any difficulty and what you learned from the experience.
Have a list of questions in mind to ask. You may feel that all your questions have been answered at some point during the interview but try to ask a few, if only to show enthusiasm and interest. These might include questions concerning progression opportunities, support for further study or any plans that the company has to expand. Avoid asking questions for the sake of it or asking very basic questions that you should already know the answer to.
Making a Good Impression:
First impressions really do count. If you get an interview, you can assume that your potential employers already liked what they saw on your resumé. The interview is an opportunity for you to build on that impression to secure the job.
Here are some tips:
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